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Seven Killed in NATO Chinook Crash in Afghanistan

American Forces Press Service

KABUL, Afghanistan, May 31, 2007 – Seven servicemembers assigned to NATO’s International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan are dead after a Chinook helicopter flying an ISAF mission went down in Helmand province near Kajaki last night.

In accordance with NATO policy, ISAF does not release casualties’ nationality prior to the relevant national authority doing so.

The entire crew of five and two military passengers died in the incident. An Afghan civilian was injured by small-arms fire after the crash.

Responding to the scene of the crash, a unit was ambushed by enemy fighters, officials said. Under continued fire, the responding patrol called for an air strike to eliminate the enemy threat.

The injured civilian is being treated at an ISAF medical facility. Military officials are investigating the cause of the crash.

(From an International Security Assistance Force news release.)

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